- 2 Corinthians 11:28 (NKJV) …besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.
The people you minister to are concerned about something, you can count on that. A wise communicator will be conscience of this and take the people’s concerns into account.
It is possible to be so full of a great message – that will truly help the people – that we forget to address the people’s concerns.
We can be like a fireman rushing to a burning house. We can be so intent on putting out the fire that we forget to ask if anyone is inside. However, if there’s a loved one trapped in the house; the people we’re trying to serve could care less about putting the fire out – they want their loved delivered from the fire first – and then they’ll be ready for you to focus on putting out the fire.
In the same way it is vitally important to take into account the concerns of your listeners when preparing your message or lesson. If you will address their concerns first then the chances of them caring about what you really want to share will greatly increase.
Hints that will help:
- Being a good shepherd really helps in being a good communicator. What I mean by this is that you have to walk among your people during the week in order to best communicate to your people on the weekend. While it is vitally important to steal away to be alone with God, it is also important to “come down from the mountain” and walk among the people.
- Put yourself in your people’s shoes (all age groups; men and women, etc.) and ask yourself how your message or lesson would apply specifically to them.
- Be mindful of issues going on in the church, community or world that will affect your listener and take that into account. In other words, don’t preach the headlines; but do address the headlines in your preaching.
- Listen carefully – your people will share their concerns // and I often simply ask them, “What are your number one concerns right now?”
Bottom line, whether child or parent, young or old, the people you serve have personal concerns that shade everything they see and hear. To not take that into account is to set yourself up to fail as a communicator of the Good News of the Gospel.
Warmest regards and best wishes for this weekend,
- A Declining Church (cbfportal.wordpress.com)
- How long to prepare a sermon? (nathanboldt.wordpress.com)